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WALKER, William
OTTER, Isabella (Mary)
EDDY, John
(Cir 1830-)
(Cir 1830-)
WALKER, John Thomas
EDDY, Mary
WALKER, Oswald Gilbert


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WALKER, Oswald Gilbert

  • Born: 18 Jun 1881, Kooringa dist Burra
  • Marriage: McLAREN, May on 4 Sep 1907 in Methodist Church Kooringa dist Burra
  • Died: 23 Oct 1947, Payneham, South Australia at age 66
  • Buried: Centennial Park, Adelaide SA

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South Australian Births - Index of Registrations 1842-1906

"WALKER Oswald Gilbert (M) 18 Jun 1881 Kooringa dist Bur par John Thomas WALKER & Mary EDDY sym C b263 p 343".

Burra School Registry
14-06-1892 WALKER Oswald 18-07-1881 WALKER John T.
Bootmaker Chapel St. Kooringa North Adelaide B 681"

Biographical Index of South Australians 1836 -1885
"WALKER John Thos par: Wm & Isabella nee Otto b:11.03.1848 d:20.07.1925 arr 1851 Catherine
WALKER John Thos d: after 1907 arr by 1874 occ: Draper, Bootmaker, Warehouseman and others res Mt Barker, Burra, Kooringa, Jamestown m: Unknown Ch: Florence (1872-) Clarence Wellesley (1874-), a son, Alfred Leslie (1877-) Louis Randolph (1879-) Oswald Gilbert (1881-) Walter Herbert , son".

Page 465

WALKER & SONS, general drapers, clothiers, boot importers, and general furnishers, Market Square, Kooringa. This business,which was originally established by Mr. J. T. Walker (to whom reference is made elsewhere in this work), is one of the largest and most important of its kind in the district. The major portion of the goods are imported direct from England, Europe, and Japan; and the premises, situated in Market Square, in the heart of the town, are stocked with a very large and varied assortment of drapery, furnisher, etc.,the stock of boots and shoes in particular being second to none in the North of the State.
ALFRED LESLIE WALKER, the senior proprietor of the business, is the third son of Mr. J. T. Walker, and was born at the Burra on July 4, 1877. He received his education at the Model School, North Adelaide, and subsequently spent a few months in the city. Entering his father's business at the Burra at the age of seventeen he had gained sufficient experience to enable him to take over the management, and he has since proved his commercial ability by working the concern up to its present important position. Two years were spent by Mr. A. L. Walker at the firm's branch at Broken Hill, and he was also at Petersburg for a time. On January 23, 1907, his father made over the Burra business to him and his brother, OSWALD GILBERT WALKER, and the partners continue to carry it on with conspicuous success. The junior member of the firm was born at the Burra in 1881, and entered the business at the close of his scholastic education, which was conducted at the same town. He was associated for five years with the Broken Hill branch, which he left in order to assume the proprietorship at the Burra in conjunction with his brother.
The Messrs. Walker devote the greater portion of their time and attention to the demands of the business, and have but little leisure to give to public affairs. They are, however, members of the Order of Foresters, being connected with the local lodge. Mr. A. L. Walker was married on July 3, 1907, to Mary, daughter of Mr. Luke Day, of Kooringa; and on September 4, of the same year, Mr. O. G. Walker married May, daughter of Mr. John McLaren, of Kooringa.

From the Burra Record
Transcribed by Eric Fuss
10 Mar. 1920, page 3
Edith R. Bubb
thanks O. Walker for the gift of a croquet set for the 'Hampton Court' girls.

5 Jan. 1921
Page 1
Walker & SonsBoots & Shoes, Kooringa

4 Jan. 1922
Page 1
Walker & SonsDrapery, Clothing & Footwear, Kooringa

Burra Town Council, 6 February
"Messrs Walker & Sons will be asked to improve the appearance of their property in Market Square".

3 Jan. 1923
Page 1
Walker & SonsShoe Shop, Kooringa

9 January 1924
Advertisements 1924
Page 1
Walker & SonsShoe shop, Kooringa

25 June 1924, Page 3
have seen new frontages for the shops of F. Harris, Walker & Sons and L.L. Wicklein which have smartened up that part of Market Square."

7 Jan. 1925
Advertisements, Page 1
Walker & SonsShoe Store, Kooringa

6 Jan. 1926
Advertisements, page 1
Walker & SonsShoes and clothing, Kooringa

5 Jan. 1927
Page 1 Advertisements
Walker & SonsGramophones, Phonographs, Records, Pianos, Player-pianos & Rolls, Market Square
Page 4 Advertisements
Walker & SonsAgents for The Australasian Implement & House Furniture Co.'s Pianos, Player Pianos, Phonographs, Records & Rolls

15 June 1927, Supplement
Burra Town Council,
7 June
Permission was granted to an application to remove trees from in front of their businesses from the following (at their own expense): Pederson & Son, E.J. Harris, W.H. Spier, G.C. Kuchenmeister and Walker & Son.
O.G. Walker's tender for the old lavatories [near the Fire Station] was accepted.

4 Jan. 1928
Page 1 Advertisements
Walker & SonsShoe Store, Market Square

9 Jan. 1929
Page 1 Advertisements
Walker & SonsFootwear, Market Square

7 Jan. 1931
Page 1 Advertisements
Walker & SonsShoe Store

8 Jan. 1930
Page 1 Advertisements
Walker & SonsShoes

6 Jan. 1932
Page 1 Advertisements
Walker & SonsBoots & Shoes, Perfumes, Soaps, Phonographs & Records, Tennis Racquets, braces, ties, etc.

17 Aug. 1932, page 3
George Herbert
completed 50 years of service with the firm of J.T. Walker & Sons, bootmakers of Kooringa, on 12 August.

4 Jan. 1933
Page 1 Advertisements
Walker & SonsShoe Store

3 Jan. 1934
Page 1 Advertisements
Walker & SonsShoes, Kooringa

5 Jan. 1937
Page 1 Advertisements
Walker & SonsShoes etc.

2 Mar. 1937, page 1
Walker & Sons are selling Pederson's stock of boots and shoes.
[This is the only indication in the paper that Pederson's are quitting business, except perhaps for January's notice that their long term employee Percy Byrne was setting up business on his own.]

2 Jan. 1940, Page 1
Walker & SonsShoe Store

South Australian Deaths - Index of Registrations 1916 - 1972
"Walker Oswald Gilbert (M) 66y stat (M) of Burra d 23 Oct 1947 at Payneham dist Nor sym H b719 p5329".

From the Burra Record
Transcribed by Eric Fuss
28 Oct. 1947, page 3
Oswald Gilbert Walker, husband of Mary, died 23 October at Adelaide aged 66. He was the son of the late Mr & Mrs J.T. Walker and was born in Burra. In 1907 he and his brother Mr A.L. Walker set up operations as drapers in this town and carried on until retiring about four years ago. Mr O.G. Walker was in charge of the boot & shoe department. Forty years ago he married Miss May McLaren who survives with three sons: Gilbert, Rex & Allen and one daughter, Mrs Lisle Davey. One son, Laurie, was killed in the recent war. [Born 18 June 1881 Kooringa: died 23 October 1947 Payneham, residence Burra.]

Centennial Park Cemetery Records

The remains of Oswald Gilbert Walker are buried at Centennial Park Cemetery with his wife May Walker (nee Mc Laren).
Centennial Park Cemetery Records
"Oswald Gilbert Walker from
Date of Death:
Age: 66 Years
Interment Details: Burial
Section: General C
Path: 5
Site: 417
Licence Number: 3050
Licence Expiry Date: 25/10/1997"


Oswald married May McLAREN, daughter of John McLAREN and Mary Ellen MANHIRE, on 4 Sep 1907 in Methodist Church Kooringa dist Burra. (May McLAREN was born on 1 May 1883 in Kapunda, South Australia, died on 2 Feb 1982 and was buried in Centennial Park, Adelaide SA.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

South Australian Marriages - Index of Registraions 1842-1916
"WALKER Oswald Gilbert 26y S (f John Thomas WALKER) m 4 Sep 1907 McLAREN May 24y S (f John Mc Laren) at Methodist Church Kooringa dist Bur b232 p1192".

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